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Published online 2017 Apr 19. doi:  10.1038/srep45975

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The impact of running on the disc is strongest in the nucleus.

Top: 3D plot of mean T2-time across entire IVD volume. Bottom: At the mid-line (sagittal) portion of the IVD the impact of running can be seen to be greatest in the central, nuclear, portion of the IVD. *p < 0.05; p < 0.01 versus non-sporting group. Greater T2-times indicate13 better IVD hydration and glycosaminoglycan content.